Friday, January 31, 2014

Perfect

Live Science: Can a Pill Give You Perfect Pitch?

Wildstein Says Christie Knew

Interesting that this article comes out on late Friday, news dump time, when important news is seen by the fewest number of people.

Reuters: Christie knew about bridge lane closures, ex-official says: report

Good Night

'The Gap'

THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.

Charles Vs Deniers

Guardian UK: Climate change skeptics are 'headless chickens', says Prince Charles - Charles uses green awards speech at Buckingham Palace to renew attack on 'powerful groups of deniers'

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,698.85 dropping 149.76 points.

CNN: Stocks fall, end worst January in years

The Daily Show - Nancy Pelosi Extended Interview Pt. 1

Maddow - An Even More Mind-Bending New Jersey Story

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,737.99 down 110.62 points.

CNN: Stocks tumble again

Have A Good Morning

work by Jennifer Bartlett

The Onion - Nation Terrified After Millions Lose Consciousness For 8 Whole Hours Last Night

The Onion: Nation Terrified After Millions Lose Consciousness For 8 Whole Hours Last Night

TRNN - Why Is China's Economy Slowing Down?

Global Warming - Obama's Energy Policy Vs Catastrophic Climate Change

AlterNet: Obama's Weak Enviro Agenda Is Suicide for Humanity -- Here's the Stark Ecological Future We Face - Based what we know from the most recent climate science, Obama’s "all-of-the-above" energy policy is actually suicidal.

Poverty American Style

AlterNet: 8 Ways Being Poor Is Wildly Expensive in America - If you don't have money you end up spending more to survive.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning and welcome to the weekend. It is 23 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY. The logo is promising a temperature of 37 degrees later today and that will be the first above freezing mark in a while. It will feel like a heat wave. Well, the extra good news, today is the first day of the Yang Wooden Horse. According to what I read, we are in for a more promising period of time. Do you think we could use it? Yes we can and I'm banking on the wisdom of Asian astrology to lead us to a higher ground. At the minimum, it's an optimistic thought and that in itself can be helpful.

  Wall Street is not as enthused about the first day of the Yang Wooden Horse. At 8:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are significantly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to tank at the opening bell.

  Nothing pops out in the linked article that indicates the why of the big drop this morning. One might postulate that this is a continuation of the economic problems affecting the developing countries and consequently the global economy in light of a tapering off of quantitative easing. On the other hand we are due for a market correction and is this it? Who knows.

CNN: Stocks: Closing out a jittery January
At 9:55 a.m., the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters will release the latest edition of their Consumer Sentiment Index.

'Temptation'

New Order

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Good Night

'Love In The Time Of Advertising'

Love in the Time of Advertising from Love in the Time of Advertising on Vimeo.

DOW Closes Higher

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,848.61 gaining 109.82 points.

CNN: CNN exclusive: Obama says Walmart, Apple, others to help jobless

The Daily Show - Band Of Blockers

Maddow - Grimm Only Latest In NY’s Rogues Gallery

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,879.91 up 141.12 points.

CNN: Stretched food pantry runs out of food

Have A Good Morning

work by Jennifer Bartlett

The Onion - Increasingly Worried Man Hasn’t Yet Come Across Any Guacamole In Burrito

The Onion: Increasingly Worried Man Hasn’t Yet Come Across Any Guacamole In Burrito

TRNN - U.S. Army To Test Blimps With Capacity To Surveil East Coast

Global Warming - Penguins

Seattlepi.com: UW research: Global warming is killing penguin chicks with rain and heat

The War On Pregnant Women

AlterNet: Scary Trend: Across America, Attacks on Pregnant Women's Rights On the Rise - Marlise Muñoz was removed from life support, but a growing pattern of state intervention in pregnancies threatens women from Alabama to Wisconsin.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 2 degrees and clear here in Upstate NY. The early frigid temperatures remain even though the weather logos promise something a little warmer. We see that Atlanta was in a state of collapse all over a few inches of snow that quickly became a massive ice skating rink on all major and minor roads. Friends and friends of friends are saying things like spending 8 hours going just a few miles, many had it much worse. Is there anyone out there who is a fan of the traffic jam? I didn't think so. Curious that traffic jams as a result of political mischief or incompetence are in the forefront of the news recently. We can allow our politicians to make vicious policy choices that serve corporate interests all of the time and put hard working people in a state of compromise, but screw around with easy driving accessibility and you are cooked.

  At 8:10 a.m. ET DOW futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher but recent trends demonstrably accentuate the ephemeral nature of that statement.

  Investors heard the bad news from the Fed yesterday - quantitative easing is coming to a slow and painful end. Peripheral developing markets have been hit especially hard by this reality and a sell off has ensued. Setting all of that aside for a moment, investors will be looking at more fourth quarter corporate reports today, actually a huge slew of them. In addition, we get another reading of the fourth quarter GDP and the weekly first time layoff numbers and we wonder how this can be since right about now everyone has lost their job...

CNN: Stocks: Investors hoping for a rebound
Investors were disappointed the central bank didn't address the recent turmoil in emerging markets.

The turmoil has prompted a flight from riskier assets, including stocks.

Drought

SFGate.com: California drought: communities at risk of running dry

'Coco'

Parov Stelar

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Closer Look

NYT: For Christie, Politics Team Kept a Focus on Two Races

Good Night

'When The Zombies Come'

When the Zombies Come from Jon Hurst on Vimeo.

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,738.79 dropping 189.77 points.

CNN: Fed continues taper as Bernanke's term ends

The Daily Show - Louis C.K. Extended Interview Pt. 1

Maddow - Obama Address ‘Very Much In The Moment’

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,836.05 down 92.51 points.

Reuters: Emerging market currencies stumble despite rate hikes; stocks fall

Have A Good Morning

work by Jennifer Bartlett

The Onion - Biden Clenches Plastic Beer Cup In Teeth To Free Hands For Clapping

The Onion: Biden Clenches Plastic Beer Cup In Teeth To Free Hands For Clapping

TRNN - Obama's Address Fails To Look At Roots Of Income Inequality

Agnotology

Finally a word which completely encapsulates the FOX News/Denier cult in our country.

From Wikipedia -
Agnotology (formerly agnatology) is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data. A prime example of the deliberate production of ignorance cited by Proctor is the tobacco industry's conspiracy to manufacture doubt about the cancer risks of tobacco use. Under the banner of science, the industry produced research about everything except tobacco hazards to exploit public uncertainty.

Global Warming - Market Share

Bloomberg: Global Warming Battle Is Over Market Share, Not Science

HEP

AlterNet: Six Habits of Highly Empathic People - Are you a HEP (highly empathic person)? Well, even if you're not, it's possible to cultivate these highly pro-social traits.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 6 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The frigid cold continues but with no wind and the sun out, being outside is doable. We are about to enter the year of the Yang Wood Horse. I am not a big astrology buff at all but I find this article to be pleasing and helpful - 2014 – The Year of the Yang Wood Horse. Check it out I encourage you to read it. It's very optimistic and explains a lot of the doldrums of the past 2 years. In fact according to the article the last 2 years were the hardest of a 60 year cycle.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  Today is the big day. Investors expect to hear the Fed announce a further tapering of quantitative easing. Meanwhile the developing countries are responding to the eventual drying up of easy liquidity by raising their key interest rates. India has pushed the rate up to 8%. Imagine what that rate would due in the USA. This is allegedly a short term policy move to provoke a more disciplined approach to their economies. Investors are responding favorably to this move.

CNN: Stocks: Losing momentum ahead of Fed
...expectations that the Federal Reserve will continue to reduce the pace of its monetary stimulus, which has supported the flow of cash into developing economies.

The Federal Reserve will announce its latest policy moves at 2 p.m. ET.

'Where Have All The Flowes Gone'

Pete Seeger

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Good Night

Pete

Guardian UK: Pete Seeger: the road goes on for ever - The folk singer believed in handing on the traditions he had done so much to save, so that others could carry them forward. It was his greatest achievement

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 15,928.56 gaining 90.68 points.

CNN: Dow snaps five day losing streak

Bachmann Vs Sanders

Is this the oddest couple on TV, ever! They're talking income inequality.

The Daily Show - Sean Of The Fled

Maddow - Familiar Alliances Emerge In NJ Scandal

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,890.51 up 52.63 points.

CNN: Stocks rebound as emerging markets calm

Rest In Peace Pete, We Will Greatly Miss You

NPR: Folk Activist Pete Seeger, Icon Of Passion And Ideals, Dies At 94

Have A Good Morning

work by Jennifer Bartlett

The Borowitz Report - Stephen Hawking’s Blunder On Black Holes Shows Danger Of Listening To Scientists, Says Bachmann

New Yorker: Stephen Hawking’s Blunder on Black Holes Shows Danger of Listening to Scientists, Says Bachmann

TRNN - Emerging Market Financial Crises Raise Concerns About Another Global Recession

Global Warming - Taking On The Denier Cult

Eugene Robinson lays out the facts.

WaPo: Dire signs from a warming world

American Caste

AlterNet: The American Dream Can Be a Dead End, Especially If You Grow Up in the 'Wrong Place' - There's one America where dreams can come true, and another where they tend to fizzle.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 6 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. Hey it might even get up to around 16 degrees later today. It's cold out there. February is right around the corner and as I've mentioned I like February, the month in my mind marks the noticeable return of daylight. Right now the return of daylight is picking up pace and in a few days we will be gaining 2 1/2 minutes of more sunlight per day. It sure beats seeing it dark out around 4:15 in the afternoon.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  I'm reading the fourth quarter reports of several major corporations this morning and the numbers are beating expectations. It's not the fourth quarter reports that's spooked the market, it's the likelihood that the Fed will continue tapering down quantitative easing in an announcement on Wednesday. As we are seeing this is resulting in fear surrounding the viability of the peripheral markets or emerging markets. Investors are selling off holdings from these countries and the indexes have been rattled. The global economy is going through a conniption and this just shows how powerful the Fed is.

CNN: Stocks head for a bumpy open
Emerging markets have returned center stage over the past few days as protests and wild currency fluctuations led to a sweeping sell-off.

The markets expect the Fed to announce a further cut to its bond-buying program Wednesday, which could prompt a withdrawal of cash from vulnerable emerging markets.

'Silent Stellar'

Parov Stelar

Monday, January 27, 2014

Deepak Chopra - Anxiety

Oprah: Deepak Chopra: A Freer (Happier!) Way to Think

Good Night

'Juste de L'eau'

Juste de l'eau (2014) from Carlos De Carvalho on Vimeo.

Christie Combo

The Daily News: New Jersey legislators vote to combine Christie, Bridgegate probes - The state Assembly and Senate voted unanimously to merge the individual chambers' investigations into Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal, with the resulting panel consisting of eight Democrats and four Republicans, and being advised by Chicago lawyer Reid Schar, who is best known for sending Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to jail for corruption.

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,837.88 dropping 41.23 points.

CNN: Stocks tumble as global jitters persist

NJ GOP

NJ.com: As Chris Christie faces scandal, NJ Republicans wait for guidance

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,818.68 dropping 60.43 points.

CNN: African-Americans squeezed out of the housing market

Have A Good Morning

work by Jennifer Bartlett


The Onion - Report: Lake Ice Grows Safer To Venture Out On With Each Beer Consumed

The Onion: Report: Lake Ice Grows Safer To Venture Out On With Each Beer Consumed

TRNN - SCOTUS Hears Case With Potentially Huge Consequences For Public Sector Unions

Global Warming - England Goes Backwards

The Independent: Exclusive: Climate skepticism blamed as Owen Paterson slashes spending on global warming

Former And Latter

AlterNet: Confessions of a Former Libertarian: My Personal, Psychological and Intellectual Epiphany - I was a Buddhist concerned with world suffering — and I could no longer reconcile my humanity with my ideology.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 27 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. We might even break above freezing today for the first time in a while. Cold as it is in this area, the Midwest is experiencing extreme cold and that will hang around out there for a while. January is a tough month and I always look forward to February where the return of more daylight is very noticeable. We will be moving the clocks ahead on March 9th this year. That's a mere 5+ weeks away.

  At 8:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are moderately higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  After a blisteringly bad week, the market is presently set to begin on an up note. It's the tapering down of quantitative easing and how that will effect the global economy that has investors pushing a sell off. I can't explain this morning except that perhaps it has to do with strong corporate fourth quarter earnings. One gets the sense that there is pressure on the market to contract and pressure to preserve the high perch of the major indexes. At this moment the preservation pressure is stronger.

CNN: Stocks: Clawing toward a positive start
"The prospect of the end of cheap money in the west, with the certainty of the end of even cheaper money in China, is forcing up the cost of capital across the [emerging markets] asset class."

...data on new home sales will be announced at 10 a.m. ET.

'Get To Know U'

Arae

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fed Week

Reuters: Fed in focus after emerging market mauling

Book Less

Guardian UK: Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers - Forecast of social network's impending doom comes from comparing its growth curve to that of an infectious disease

Good Night

'Ancients'

SNL - For Putin: US Heterosexual Figure Skating Team

Scorecard

NJ.com: Top 10 Winners and Losers from Chris Christie's inauguration week

Have A Good Sunday

work by Lisa Vuskavage

The Onion - Laid-Off Man Finally Achieves Perfect Work-Life Balance

The Onion: Laid-Off Man Finally Achieves Perfect Work-Life Balance

TRNN - The UK Doubles Down On Austerity

Global Warming - NASA: Six Decades Of A Warming Earth

Absurd

AlterNet: 10 Most Absurd Right-Wing Lunacies This Week: Pity the 1% Edition - A super-wealthy venture capitalist complains that the 1 percent are being treated like the Nazis treated Jews. And more!

'Venus And One'

Ekova

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Good Night

'The Figure Skater'

The Figure Skater from Protein® TV on Vimeo.

Sister Megan

The latest Maddow gets into this. I was only peripherally aware of the story which is well over a year old.

Guardian UK: Nun faces up to 30 years in prison for protesting at nuclear weapons facility - District judge denies appeal of Sister Megan Rice, 83, and two other activists, citing their intent to 'disarm' Oak Ridge

Maddow - How Self-Preservation Factors Into NJ Plot

Have A Good Saturday

work by Lisa Vuskavage

The Onion - Best, Most Original Idea Man’s Ever Had Returns 114,000 Google Search Results

The Onion: Best, Most Original Idea Man’s Ever Had Returns 114,000 Google Search Results

TRNN - Nuclear Attack On Japan Was Opposed By American Military Leadership - Gar Alperovitz On RAI

Global Warming - Negative Impact On The Economy - Integrated Assessment Models

Guardian UK: More global warming will be worse for the economy, says the Copenhagen Consensus Center - A report from the think tank is consistent with previous research showing that more warming will cost the economy

Get Along Little Doggie

Personally I don't think it is within the makeup of the authoritarian personality to "get along". It's much more about hierarchy and control, not equality and openness. But kudos for suggesting there is a glimmer of potential.

AlterNet: Sally Kohn: How to Get Along With Right-Wingers - The former Fox News contributor discusses what the political left and right could do better.

'Siip Siie'

Ekova

Friday, January 24, 2014

Good Night

'This Is Not A Conspiracy Theory' - trailer

This Is Not A Conspiracy Theory - Trailer from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Tumble

Reuters: Emerging markets selloff picks up, drags down Europe, U.S.

DOW Closes Much Lower

The DOW closed at 15,879.11 dropping 318.24 points.

CNN: Dow suffers worst week since 2011

Boehner On Leno

WaPo: Boehner appearing on Leno: GOP is to blame for shutdown

The Daily Show - War Of Peacecraft

Maddow - New Jersey Scandals Escalate To Federal Level

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 16,002.66 down 194.69 points.

CNN: 7 setbacks for the middle class

Have A Good Morning

work by Lisa Vuskavage

The Onion - Beautiful Cinnamon Roll Too Good For This World, Too Pure

The Onion: Beautiful Cinnamon Roll Too Good For This World, Too Pure

TRNN - Federal Oversight Board: NSA Program Ineffective And Illegal

Global Warming - Blackfriars

Guardian UK: World's largest solar-powered bridge opens in London - Blackfriars rail station secures half its power from 4,400 roof-mounted solar panels, reports BusinessGreen

Randy

AlterNet: A Rand Paul Presidential Campaign Would Teach Americans Just How Vicious and Anti-Social the Libertarian Agenda Is - Not such a cozy guy.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 2 degrees and at the moment sunny here in Upstate NY. Help, we are being held hostage by a frigid cold air mass and it doesn't want to go away. Saturday will be the "warmest" day of the week as the temp is expected to hit 25 degrees. Yeah it's winter. We are presently gaining about 2 minutes of daylight each day. There's something somewhat reconciling knowing that. The Sun's coming back and it's warming effect is little by little occurring.

  At 8:25 a.m. ET futures are moderately down and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  Investors have not been pleased with fourth quarter corporate reports. Even though the majority of reports have beat expectations, those that have not appear to control the direction of the market. Dare we say it but is the long expected correction here and upon us? Who knows. One thing we can say with some certainty is that it's been a poor week, the indexes are down, and today is shaping up to be more of the same. The good thing is we are into the weekend and we get time to relax and recharge.

CNN: Stocks braced for another day in the red
102 S&P 5000 companies have reported fourth-quarter results, with only 66 beating analysts' estimates...Of the remainder, 26 have missed, and 10 have met expectations.

'Naked As We Came'

Iron And Wine

Thursday, January 23, 2014

More Bridgegate

The Daily News: Gov. Chris Christie reelection campaign subpoenaed for federal ‘Bridgegate’ investigation - U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has asked both the campaign and the Republican committee to provide documents as the office investigates possible political retaliation by the two-term governor.

Good Night

'Transmission'

Transmission from Jared D. Weiss on Vimeo.

Comfortably Numb

Guardian UK: Americans are becoming numb to gun violence. For teachers, it's all too real - There have been numerous school shootings already in 2014. We can't afford another year without action on gun control

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 16,197.35 dropping 175.99 points.

CNN: Home sales: Best year since 2006

The Daily Show - Virginian Hustle

Maddow - FBI Investigating Hoboken Mayor’s Allegations

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 16,190.57 dropping 182.77 points.

CNN: Dow falls 160 points on earnings fears

A Future El Niño

Guardian UK: What will happen to global warming when we get the next big El Niño? 2013 is declared "one of the warmest on record" without a push from El Niño - a key driver of hotter years

-37F

Congrats to NY State, yesterday Watertown NY reached -37 degrees F making it the coldest place on mainland USA.

Syracuse.com: Watertown is the coldest place on U.S. mainland today

Have A Good Morning

work by Lisa Vuskavage

The Borowitz Report - Fox: Obama To Force All Americans To Buy Pot

New Yorker: Fox: Obama to Force All Americans to Buy Pot

TRNN - Previously Unreported Second Chemical Spilled Into West Virginia River

Global Warming - Who Is Responsible

AlterNet: These 7 Countries Are Responsible for Over 60 Percent of Global Warming

Nap

AlterNet: Have We Forgotten How to Sleep Right? Why Napping Could Save Your Health - The desire to 'lean in' at work must, occasionally, be superseded by the need to keel over. A nap isn't always bad.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 2 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. It's looking pretty cold and gray out there. Ice crystalline patterns have formed on the windows, a sure sign of frigid temperatures and the 10 day forecast shows only a modest change if any. Time to hunker down, dress warmly, personally I prefer to hibernate. I had to walk into town last night for an appointment with the chiropractor. I must of had on at least 9 layers of clothing including the mandatory face mask. It did work it kept me warm. This is also the time when you get the water pipe freezes and all the mess that entails. One simple trick to avoid that especially if you live in a not so well insulated or pipe location designed house is to leave at least a small drip of cold water running on one faucet in the house. With the water moving, there is at least a minor reason for it to not freeze.

  At 8:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open lower.

  So far investors have not found the right amount of fourth quarter corporate profitability to justify further gains in the recent bull market. On the other hand, it's still too early to make an overall generalization, this could and probably will change. Investors will also get a look at some economic news on employment and home sales so it could be a hopping day. Don't be surprised if we get another day of losses.

CNN: Stocks: Dow poised for more losses
After last year's big rally, investors are looking for signs the economy will be strong enough to keep the bull market going.

Asian markets notched sharp falls following a disappointing report on manufacturing activity in China.

'Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing'

Chris Isaak

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Life

Raw Story: Physicist says he’s solved the big mystery — how life came from matter — and he may be right

Seriously

Juxtapoz Magazine: Drawings of Men Farting from the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868)

Good Night

'Frühzug'

Frühzug (Morning Train) from Delia Hess on Vimeo.

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 16,373.34 dropping 41.10 points.

CNN: Dow slips again as IBM shares slide

Credit Card Debt Numbers

Nerd Wallet: American Household Credit Card Debt Statistics: 2013

The Daily Show - 2014 Sochi Homophobic Olympics

Maddow - Bridge Scandal Players Gather At Inauguration

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 16,377.58 down 36.86 points.

Reuters: U.S. stocks slip on weak earnings; sterling shines

More Ocean Degradation

NPR: Ancient And Vulnerable: 25 Percent Of Sharks And Rays Risk Extinction

GOP Vs Christie

One thing the GOP does very well is eat it's own. Christie's political blood is in the water and the battle is under way in the GOP over Christie's power. These guys want it for themselves. Christie is at war on two fronts, the Democrats who want him out, knocked down a peg, or maybe who want to find him criminally negligent, and Christie is at war with the GOP politicos who simply want his power for themselves and these guys smell an opening.

NJ.com: Chris Christie should resign as RGA chair, former Virginia attorney general says

Have A Good Morning

work by Lisa Vuskavage

The Onion - All-Knowing Invisible Hand Of Free Market Once Again Guides Millions In Profits To Nation’s Bead Stores

The Onion: All-Knowing Invisible Hand Of Free Market Once Again Guides Millions In Profits To Nation’s Bead Stores

TRNN - Visiting Israel's 'Open Prisons' For African Refugees

Global Warming - Microgrids

AlterNet: Can Microgrids Bring Low-Carbon Power to Tens of Millions of People? Powered by solar panels and biomass, microgrids are spreading slowly across India, where 300 million people live without electricity.

Blind Leadership

AlterNet: Why Do Some Americans Speak So Confidently When They Have No Clue What They're Talking About? Harvard calls "leadership" speaking with conviction when you don't even believe it.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is -6 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. It is dangerously cold out there so bundle up and please stay warm. We will take the cold in exchange for the fact that we have completely missed the snowstorm that has blanketed directly south of us and all over the Northeast. In fact at the moment I would say there's only a 10% covering of snow here and there, most lawns are browned out grass now frozen solid. I purposefully turned on Rachel Maddow last night because I'm so into her coverage of Christie. Unfortunately she went into in-depth coverage of the other hot GOP scandal with Virginia's former governor under indictment. Bob McDonnell really knew how to milk his position of power. The material bribes and such that he accepted, err allegedly accepted, are ridiculous. I'm betting he goes off to prison.

  At 8:25 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the mixed area.

  Investors have been underwhelmed by corporate earnings reported so far. The DOW has dropped some and it is the continued reviewing of fourth quarter corporate earnings reports that will move the market today and into the near future. Still the prediction for overall corporate growth is slightly optimistic.

CNN: Stocks: Uneasy investors eye earnings
...corporate earnings remain in focus.

Overall, earnings are expected to be up 5.9% in the fourth quarter for the companies in the S&P 500, according to FactSet Research.

'The Things I Tell You'

Biosphere

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Good Fortune For NY

HuffPo: Sean Hannity Might Leave New York. Gasp!

Tanking in 2014

Two years is a long long time in politics and the collective American memory span is far far less than two years.

NBC News: Bridge scandal takes toll on Chris Christie 2016 polling

Good Night

'Cicada Princess'

Cicada Princess from Jesse Solomon Clark on Vimeo.

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 16,414.44 dropping 44.12 points.

CNN: Pope to global elite: Do more for poor

The Cloud

NYT: For Christie, an Inauguration Day Clouded by Crisis

The Daily Show - Watchman

Maddow - ‘Why?’ Unanswered In Christie Admin Pushback

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 16,361.49 down 97.07 points.

CNN: IMF warns of deflation risk

Re-Framing

WaPo: How Chris Christie is trying to turn bridge-gate into a partisan scrum. And how it’s working.

Have A Good Morning

work by Lisa Vuskavage


The Borowitz Report - Mayors Bullied by Christie Form Support Group

New Yorker: Mayors Bullied by Christie Form Support Group

TRNN - MLK: Why I Am Opposed To The War In Vietnam

Global Warming - 22%

Dawn.com: US tops list for whopping 22 per cent of total global warming

Unleashing Crazy

AlterNet: Republican Insiders Fret That Right-Wing Crazies Will Upset GOP's Election Chances - A voter base composed of neo-confederates, know-nothing libertarians, and evangelical theocrats won't stay silent.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 7 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. We are back to frigid temperatures, Winter is back with a vengeance. The long range forecast is not very optimistic either with the temperature pattern remaining for a while. I've been very interested in following Bridgegate and now Hobokengate. It's a remarkable study because it's pealing back the presentation layers of Christie's administration and revealing it's ugly inner child. At this point what we have is a lot of speculation from the media and a lot of defense from Christie's inner circle. It will be the results of the investigation that will present the facts meanwhile there is a battle underway to attempt to sway public opinion. We are innocent until proven guilty, yet Christie is allegedly taking hits in the opinion polls.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  We are in the corporate report earnings period and this morning there is a wave of optimism pushing the indexes. Investors expect to see profitability in this year and equities are expected to remain fluffy. Meanwhile Main Street is weighed down by poor job growth, poor jobs, burdensome medical expenses, poor retirement funding, miserly minimum wages, and all sorts of social distress in the form of miserable and overly expensive food, crappy cars, and politically induced traffic jams.

CNN: Investors upbeat with earnings in view
This year is expected to be another good year for stocks, but perhaps not as strong as 2013.

'Driven To Tears'

Sting and Robert Downey Jr

Monday, January 20, 2014

Good Night

Chomsky on the Tea Party

Hobokengate

The Daily News: Lupica: Chris Christie-Hoboken tale may spell doom of arrogant ‘Empire’ - Gov. Christie needs for the Hoboken mayor to be just one more person telling lies about him for political gain, and piling on. Because if she’s not, then way too many people in the New Jersey governor’s administration start to look like they think this is ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and they’re working for Gov. Nucky.

Battle Lines Drawn

CNN: N.J. official calls mayor's Christie allegations 'false'

Have A Good Morning


The Onion - Obama Not Ruling Out U.S. Military Action In Congress

The Onion: Obama Not Ruling Out U.S. Military Action In Congress

TRNN - Direct Action Must Be Remembered As Part Of Dr. King's Legacy

Global Warming - Doubling El Niño

Guardian UK: Unchecked global warming 'will double extreme El Niño weather events' - Research shows world's most devastating global weather phenomenon will occur once a decade under current emissions scenario

Intolerant

AlterNet: 8 Habits of Intolerant People - A psychotherapist makes some observations about people who are quick to anger, resentful and intolerant of others.

No Market On Monday

The stock market along with the entire nation is observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

'Knockin' On Heaven's Door'

Bob Dylan

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Multiple Woes

CS Monitor: Gov. Christie’s woes multiply. Time to recover before 2016? Some Republicans are keeping their distance from Chris Christie as the New Jersey Governor's troubles mount. Can the GOP's 2016 presidential front-runner survive the 'Bridgegate' scandal?

Good Night

NBC News: Giuliani: Democratic lawmaker leading Christie probe should step aside

Christie

I have to admit I'm fascinated with all things Christie as he wades into the shark waters of his own creation. There's a little blood in the water and the scent and taste are attracting major attention.

NYT: G.O.P. Advice for Christie: Pick a Better Team

Cuomo's 'Controversial' Statement

What's the big deal. Conservatives in political office have gone on for decades about liberals etc etc. It's humorous to me to see conservatives get upset by something they do all day long. If you can't take what you give, then get out of the kitchen.

Have A Good Sunday

work by Alex Katz

The Onion - Unemployed Detroit Resident Dismayed To Learn Job Opening Is With The Lions

The Onion: Unemployed Detroit Resident Dismayed To Learn Job Opening Is With The Lions

TRNN - In The Home Of The Richest Man In Palestine

Global Warming - Where?

NYT: ‘Neglected Topic’ Winner: Climate Change
...(Americans are) much more likely to believe that...aliens have visited Earth (77 percent) than that humans are causing climate change (44 percent).

Voices From The Echo Chamber

AlterNet: 10 of the Nuttiest, Nastiest Right-Wing Statements This Week - Republican lawmakers, Fox News idiots and David Brooks outdid themselves this week.
2. David Brooks: Poverty is not an economic problem.

'Cello Concerto'

The music of Phil Glass

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Good Night

How to be a Poet (to remind myself) by Wendell Berry

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill-more of each
than you have-inspiration
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity…

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensional life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.

Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.

Steve Kornacki - Mayor: I Was Told To Expedite Project To Get More Sandy Aid



This is the comment section on the article related to the above Kornacki report on Christie in the Washington Post - WaPo comments

Maddow - Subpoenas Hint At NJ Investigation’s Focus

Have A Good Saturday

work by Elizabeth Peyton

The Onion - Japan Grants Suffrage To Female Robots

The Onion: Japan Grants Suffrage To Female Robots

TRNN - Net Neutrality Ruling Will Disempower Communities Of Color

Global Warming - U.N. Warning

ABC News: UN Warns Against Delayed Action on Global Warming

Christie's New Jersey

NJ.com: Study: N.J. ranks last in fiscal solvency

'In A Sentimental Mood'

Biréli Lagrène

Friday, January 17, 2014

Good Night

'Into The Cave Of Wonders'

Into the Cave of Wonders [4k HDR short documentary] from LovetheFrame on Vimeo.

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 16,458.56 gaining 41.55 points.

CNN: California fights wildfire, expects more as drought emergency declared

Stop

WaPo: Surgeon general report links more diseases, health problems to smoking tobacco

The Daily Show - Steven Brill Extended Interview Pt. 1

Maddow - Answers In The Offing, NJ Subpoenas Issued

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 16,484.12 up 67.11 points.

CNN: 850,000 may have $90 less in food stamps

Edible Energy

Stylus: Edible Cuttlefish Batteries

Have A Good Morning

work by John Currin


The Onion - Report: American Dream Now An Out-Of-Court Settlement

The Onion: Report: American Dream Now An Out-Of-Court Settlement

TRNN - Leaked TPP Document Reveals No Regard for Environment In Trade Agreement

Global Warming - Increasing Disbelief In Americans

The Daily Mall: The rise of the climate change denier: New figures find 23% of Americans do not believe global warming is happening

GOPoverty

AlterNet: 8 Phony GOP Solutions for Poverty That Will Only Bring More Economic Pain - The GOP is trying to rebrand itself as "compassionate" toward the poor. So what are its big ideas?

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 25 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY. The warmer period, and by that I mean temperatures in the high 30s and 40s is predicted to continue through the weekend, then it's back to freezing. Hey it's winter, but so far definitely another unusual one. We see that Christie is lawyering up to meet his Bridgegate inquisitors. It's like the sides are ready to do battle and are now bringing in supplies and fortifications with the battle about to begin. I don't think Christie gets out of it unscathed. Minimum he gets a strong finger shaken in his face along with a stern warning.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. the market is poised to open higher.

  According to the article, corporate fourth quarter results have been mixed and so the market has been up and down this week. Regardless the DOW is in a fluffy position perched over 16,000. It's a wait and see situation with investors reacting to the parsed reports as they come through and eventually all will settle down on a clearer dynamic trend. I seem to recall the predictions that 2014 would continue with modest growth. So far this is true.

CNN: Stocks: Indecision reigns!
Intel shares sank in after-hours trading Thursday following quarterly earnings that missed expectations.

'Ballad'

Bireli Lagrene and Christian Escoude

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Building Steam

LA Times: Subpoenas looming in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bridge scandal

Hold Onto Your Hats

2014 – The Year of the Yang Wood Horse

Christie Lawyers Up

NYT: Christie Hires Giuliani Associate as Counsel for Bridge Inquiries

Key And Peele - 'Substitute Teacher'

Good Night

'Apocalypse Rhyme'

APOCALYPSE RHYME from Oliver Harrison on Vimeo.

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 16,417.01 dropping 64.93 points.

CNN: Lew: Debt ceiling crunch to come sooner than thought

The Daily Show - Robert Gates Extended Interview Pt. 1

Maddow - Port Authority Chairman In Scandal Spotlight

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 16,406.32 down 75.62 points.

CNN: Bad corporate news sends stocks lower

Have A Good Morning

work by Will Cotton


The Onion - Nation Recalls Simpler Time When Health Care System Was Broken Beyond Repair

The Onion: Nation Recalls Simpler Time When Health Care System Was Broken Beyond Repair

TRNN - 75 Economists Including 7 Nobel Laureates Endorse Senate Bill To Raise Minimum Wage

Global Warming - China

Bloomberg: China Joins U.S. Among Biggest Global Warming ‘Offenders’

Working Poor

AlterNet: I Had a Middle Class Job and I Still Ended Up on Food Stamps at 60 - Welcome to the new reality of the working poor.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 30 degrees and lightly snowing here in Upstate NY. We got a dusting of snow overnight and for the time being everything is back to white. The weather logos predict it will get warmer and sunnier. We shall see. I thought it was interesting that a new poll shows Hillary extending her lead over Christie in light of Bridgegate. Without perusing the details I would suspect that this is about a shift in the thinking of the independent voters. It will be fascinating to see how Christie skates through his self created mess.

  At 8:30 a.m. DOW futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open flat.

  Investors are parsing their way through fourth quarter reports. That's probably the main thrust of the market at the moment although significant economic reports will also be a factor. Today they get numbers on inflation and that has been remarkably low and consistent. This is connected to quantitative easing which is designed to ease credit and thereby stimulate economic activity, and it's also due to the very low Federal Reserve Interest Rate.

CNN: Stocks: Earnings wave rolls on
...investors wait for more reports before making any bold moves.

J.C. Penney...announced plans to eliminate 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores.

Pema's Advice

"Ultimately all the practices I have mentioned are simply ways we can go about dissolving these barriers. Whether it’s learning to be present through sitting meditation, acknowledging shenpa, or practicing patience, these are methods for dissolving the protective walls that we automatically put up.

When we’re putting up the barriers and the sense of “me” as separate from “you” gets stronger, right there in the midst of difficulty and pain, the whole thing could turn around simply by not erecting barriers; simply by staying open to the difficulty, to the feelings that you’re going through; simply by not talking to ourselves about what’s happening. That is a revolutionary step. Becoming intimate with pain is the key to changing at the core of our being—staying open to everything we experience, letting the sharpness of difficult times pierce us to the heart, letting these times open us, humble us, and make us wiser and more brave." - Pema Chodron.

'Medley'

Christian Escoude

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Poll - Clinton 50%, Christie 37%

Politico: Poll: Hillary Clinton widens lead on Chris Christie

Breathe

I'm a big fan of deep breathing techniques for better all around health and well being. It's not hard and it really works, it's just basic human physiology.

Amazon: The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions

Good Night

'The Waters Of Greenstone'

The Waters of Greenstone from Nathan Kaso on Vimeo.

NYC Payout

Guardian UK: New York agrees $18m settlement with 2004 Republican convention protesters

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 16,481.94 gaining 108.08 points.

Reuters: S&P 500 ends at record closing high

The Daily Show - Bridgegate

Maddow - All Roads Lead To Christie’s Inner Circle

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 16,493.53 up 119.67 points.

CNN: Bank stocks lead the market higher

Have A Good Morning

work by Meir Pichhadze

The Onion - Swift Boat Veterans For Truth Clear John Kerry After Exhaustive 9-Year Investigation

The Onion: Swift Boat Veterans For Truth Clear John Kerry After Exhaustive 9-Year Investigation

TRNN - Corporate Deregulation To Blame For Toxic Spill In West Virginia

Global Warming - Fracking

AlterNet: Study Blows a Hole in EPA Claim That Homes Near Fracking Site Are Not in Danger - Texas residents say the Environmental Protection Agency should re-open an investigation into a gas-drilling company.

The Chris Bridge

AlterNet: Chris Christie's Hail Mary Pass: 'I Did Not Have Sex with That Bridge' We've gotta stop giving politicians the benefit of the doubt.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 32 degrees and cloudy here in Upstate NY. Temperatures in the 40s are the present trend but as always we are experiencing a lot of gray. It gets gray outside through the winter in this area, a day of sunshine is always very welcome. Maybe we'll get one sometime soon.

  At 8:15 a.m. ET futures are modestly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  On Monday we read that there was deep concern about the quality of fourth quarter earnings reports and the market went through a strong sell off. Today the articles point to optimism concerning fourth quarter reports based on data from a few TBTF banks released on Tuesday. So, right now the emotion is positive and emotion carries a lot of sway. We could see more of this see saw or not, it's impossible to predict as the market reacts literally moment to moment over these reports.

CNN: Stocks: Optimistic after see-saw moves
...JPMorgan and Wells Fargo posted solid earnings figures Tuesday.

Asian markets mostly closed the day with gains...

'Ho Ho Yeah Yeah'

Manu Dibango

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sexual Objectification

Watch this.

Bully

The Nation: Christie: A Bully’s Bully - Oh, how we love those Republican “straight-shooters.”

The Study

Mother Jones: Here's the Traffic "Study" Chris Christie Wasn't Sure Existed - The post-gridlock analysis shows what a bad idea the closures were—and it may be severely underestimating the cost.

Good Night

'The Art of Fighting'

The Art of Fighting // Short Documentary from Alex Barnes on Vimeo.

Obesity In Mississippi

Guardian UK: One-third of Mississippi population will have diabetes by 2030, doctor warns.
-Obesity rate in southern state dire at more than 34%
-One in five Mississippi residents are without health insurance
-Warning that healthcare costs could cripple state's economy

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 16,373.86 gaining 115.92 points.

CNN: Pizza Hut serving up single slices

'God Loves Uganda'

trailer

The Daily Show - Coal Miner's Water

Maddow - Billion Dollar Deal Eyed As NJ Scandal Motive

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 16,343.29 up 85.35 points.

CNN: Stocks rebound as investors cheer banks

On Confidence

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. Marcus Garvey

The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. Pema Chödrön

Have A Good Morning

work by Lea Nikel





The Onion - Nation Surprised To Realize It Wants More John Travolta

The Onion: Nation Surprised To Realize It Wants More John Travolta

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 46 degrees and lightly raining here in Upstate NY. We are having a snap in the super cold of January. The lawns are looking more and more clear of snow in my neighborhood, most are 98% snow free. It's just the big piles at the end of driveways that remain. I have not heard Maddow's take on Christie-gate and I'm looking forward to that this afternoon. There's a Democratic charge to go after Christie, can he withstand the political battle or will he become it's casualty. I suspect most people think he's right in the center of it, that it's all about his decisions not some underlings.

  At 8:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are modestly up and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Investors are wondering if they can justify further gains with the upcoming slew of corporate fourth quarter reports coming their way. Nothing new here really this is pretty much how it always is at the beginning of earnings report season. However some of the fears come from preliminary talk. So, let's see what happens. Personally I believe that Wall Street and Main Street are partly disconnected as it were. Ordinary people have not advanced their incomes through this long ongoing bull market. However I don't believe the opposite is true. That would be that Main Street remains disconnected from Wall Street when the market turns down. Main Street might not gain in a bull market but it definitely loses in a bear market.

CNN: Stocks look to regain footing
Investors have been nervous that corporate earnings may not be strong enough to justify higher stock prices.

...a slew of quarterly earnings announcements over the coming weeks.

Globa Warming - Public Attitide Issues

CS Monitor: Global warming? Public attitudes often at mercy of the weather, study finds. Human-triggered climate change is real, scientists agree, but only about half of the public concurs. Part of the reason, a study says, is how people process information when confronted with complex issues.

Bridgegate

CS Monitor: Bridgegate energizes N.J. Democrats. How much trouble for Christie? N.J. Democrats, their investigatory zeal renewed by the Bridgegate dirty-tricks e-mails, are reviving old grievances, including how Chris Christie used federal relief funds after superstorm Sandy.

Pema's Advice

  "It can ... be helpful to shift our focus and look at how we put up barriers. In these moments we can observe how we withdraw and become self-absorbed. We become dry, sour, afraid; we crumble, or harden out of fear that more pain is coming. In some old familiar way, we automatically erect a protective shield and our self-centeredness intensifies.

  But this is the very same moment when we could do something different. Right on the spot, through practice, we can get very familiar with the barriers that we put up around our hearts and around our whole being. We can become intimate with just how we hide out, doze off, freeze up. And that intimacy, coming to know these barriers so well, is what begins to dismantle them. Amazingly, when we give them our full attention they start to fall apart." - Pema Chodron.

'Kali Sara'

Tchavolo and Dorado Schmitt

Monday, January 13, 2014

Foxed Up


More Bullying

WaPo: Bridge controversy expands into new areas for Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey

Climate Change The State Of The Science

Good Night

Frames of Life from Günther Gheeraert on Vimeo.

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 16,257.94 dropping 179.11 points.

CNN: Dow falls nearly 200 points

Subversives

Guardian UK: The 10 most subversive women artists in history

Piling On

Rachel Maddow will have a field day tonight.

Chicago Tribune: Gov. Christie faces federal probe over Sandy relief funds

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 16,375.03 down 62.02 points.

Take the following article with a grain of salt. Nobody can predict the market.

CNN: The dim future for stock prices
The Daily News: No pants subway ride 2014: Commuters drop their pants across the world

Have A Good Morning

work by Reuven Rubin




The Borowitz Report - Christie Unaware He Was Governor

New Yorker: Christie Unaware He Was Governor

TRNN - Turkey In Crisis: Understanding The Erdogan/ Gulen Split

Global Warming - Africa

Guardian UK: Global warming and energy – intertwined problems in Africa - Kenya is training for tomorrow's technology leaders to deal with today's climate and energy problems

Christie In More Hot Water

Is it just me or does Christie's newest problem described below when matched with bridge-gate add up to someone with a little bit of a messiah complex? Christie has created his own monarchy and it's called New Jersey. One thing is about punishing any form of dissent from some opposition - bridge-gate, then it's onto using Federal funds to promote yourself on TV during an election cycle and all on the taxpayers dime. We see this where politicians literally get too carried away with themselves and start twisting the rules in their own favor. Nixon and Bush/Cheney immediately come to mind.

CNN: CNN exclusive: Feds investigating Christie's use of Sandy relief funds
...investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 32 degrees and the sun is starting to get happy here in Upstate NY. The logos indicate temperatures in the 40s all week, we are having a respite from the bitter cold of January. In my opinion the most interesting and relevant story from last week was not Christie's political problems but the fact that temperatures around the globe more or less balanced against the polar vortex frigid temperatures in the US. Scandinavia is experiencing a very warm winter, and we also know that Australia is experiencing record breaking heat waves where temperatures are approaching an inhabitable degree. Call it what it is, climate change from global warming.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are slightly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  Investors are still shocked from last Friday's miserable job creation numbers and are also now attributing the non hiring to the frigid temperatures. Okay. This week is the beginning of corporate fourth quarter earnings reports. Although I did not read it, one might presume that the season kicks off with a report from Alcoa after the markets close.

CNN: Stocks: Jobs shock lingers, earnings loom
Many experts are now saying colder-than-normal temperatures in December hit hiring.

Now investors are looking ahead to the first big round of fourth quarter earnings coming later in the week.

'Garden Of Love'

Winston McAnuff and Fixi